Glittering MAFS Gala That Sparkled Worldwide. Metropolitan Asian Family Services celebrated 28 years of relentless service to the senior community, at a Spectacular Virtual Gala on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Illinois State Governor J. B. Pritzker headlined the event and paid glowing tributes to MAFS and its Founder and Executive Director – Dr. Santosh Kumar. Governor Pritzker’s participation was truly appreciated as this was the only Indian American Event the Governor took part in in 2020.
Paula Basta, Director of Illinois Department of Aging (IDOA), Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, India’s Consul General at Chicago Honorable Amit Kumar, State Representative Michelle Mussman, and Mayor of Hanover Park Rodney Craig, praised the unparalleled work of MAFS particularly during this pandemic for the seniors. Also present with the dignitaries was Mr. Phillip Lanier of Age Options. Community Leader & Chairman of Global Strategic Alliance Dr. Vijay G. Prabhakar introduced Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as The Iron Lady of America. President Toni Preckwinkle while delivering the Presidential Address, traced the growth Of MAFS from 1992. The dignitaries saluted MAFS for the exemplary work among the seniors, especially during this Pandemic. Dr. Firdaus Jaffri, MAFS Board President gave the welcome address. Dr. Santosh Kumar, Visionary, Founder of MAFS, in her opening remarks welcomed and thanked all dignitaries for their support. She summarized all the beneficial MAFS programs available to the community members and outlined the 2021 new initiatives. She described all the praiseworthy precautionary measures her organizations are taking during this Pandemic, to keep the community seniors and the staff safe. She thanked all the donors for their support in kind and cash. She emphasized the importance to be safe and alive as we welcome 2021. VISIT US At mafsinc.com for more information. Following her speech, MAFS’s Sagar Kumar presented The Annual Report. MAFS Secretary Major Rakesh Asthana highlighted MAFS’s ongoing work during this Pandemic. Board President Dr. Firdaus Jaffri and MAFS Founder Dr. Santosh Kumar presented the prestigious MAFS Community Service Award to Dr Sarada Sonty, Co-Founder of Sapna, Author & Community Activist. The Pramod Kumar Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Dr. Vemuri Murthy, Founder Of Illinois Saving Lives Program And Chairman Of Chicago Medical Society. This award is given to a person of extraordinary abilities and achievements that reflected the ideals & work of the Late Shri Pramod Kumar, Co-Founder Of MAFS and husband Of Dr. Santosh Kumar. Late Shri Pramod Kumar is fondly referred to as the gentle giant with a Heart Of Gold and a scientific intelligent outlook that propelled him to one of the top Business Tycoons in the Metal And Brass Industry in the USA. The success of the growth of MAFS today is largely due to his constant support of Dr. Santosh Kumar and his continuous generous contributions to MAFS over the years. Currently, we remember him and salute his indefatigable efforts. Partnership Award was given to Steve Koustsonicolis managing partner of Steeplechase, a certified public accounting firm providing traditional audit and tax services. Our very own seniors showcased an unbelievable, colorful, and brilliant Virtual show to entertain the viewers. The Seniors’ performances began with a rocking show by Niles Adult Day Care Young Seniors Mr. Ayub And Mrs. Nargis Younus Performing On “Woh Ladki Hai Kaha”. Schaumburg ADS seniors and staff performed “Tippani” a folk dance from the chorwad Region Of Saurashtra Gujarat. Our young participants are Surya Mehta, Saroj Topiwala, Nirmala Topiwala, Sudha Gandhi, Shard Patel, Chandrika Modi, Usha Soni, Kancha Shah. Naperville ADS senior Tabassum Rabbini stunned everyone with her performance while she danced gracefully for a Bollywood Number – “Inhi Logo Nein” from the movie “Pakeezah”. An Innovative and peppy performance “Senorita” by the Vernon Hills ADS seniors over Zoom showcased how our staff has adapted technology to fit today’s scenario. The young participants were, Madhu Mathur, Mohinder Jafra, Manjula Verma, Harjinder Kaur, Krishnakath Gandhi, Jivantika Gandhi, Indumati Barot, Pravesh Kulshreshtha; Dinesh Kulshreshtha; Harnam Singh; Pushpa Bhagwakar. Legendary Singer Anup Jalota added delight by joining the MAFS 28th Annual Gala Live from Mumbai. His songs were so melodious and soulful. Thank You, Dr. Santosh Kumar, Mr. Jalota, Dr. Firdaus Jaffri, Mr. Rakesh Asthana, and the MAFS Board for bringing such an awesome singer to all of us. Sufi Singer Indira Naik despite her personal tragedy, enthralled the audience virtually from India. Dr. Santosh Kumar awarded all her best employees. Dr. Santosh Kumar commended our Schaumburg Location Manager Dipti Shah for her selfless contribution to put together this spectacular event also, Roshita Pandey, Grant Manager for her competent compere of the event and her skillful work and contribution to MAFS. Dr. Santosh Kumar applauded the IT team for their incomparable work to put together such a fantastic show. A special mention to our Chicago Manager, Mr. Shrenik Dalal who was a pillar of strength during COVID-19 with his gallant work! The show then ended with Mrs. Kumar’s appreciation speech that revealed her immeasurable gratitude for all the dignitaries who attended, The Frontline Workers, The Seniors, Her Staff, and All the Supporters Of MAFS!